Can you help me?
Hi Scott, Steve and the UA team.
I am writing to you from Italy and I am reading for the second time the tftua book which I find extraordinary.
I am 50 years old, I have been running for about 3 years and the longest distance I have done in mountain running is 40km 2000d +. I have come from years of cycling which I still continue to practice.
I recovered from an injury in March as I was preparing for a 65km race with 2500d +. I was being followed by a coach who made me do too many intense work and too many long distances but he would not listen to me when I told him that I was feeling very tired and with sore legs. In the end I arrived at the day of the race with a groin pain, a strong tiredness and I didn’t do the race. I have since stopped running for a month and intensified my bike rides. Then I started with some jogging up to 1 month ago.
For 3 weeks, I started the transition period by following the chart in the book and doing muscle strengthening in the legs and core 1 day a week. I took the test to know the AeT and it turned out to be 133 beats at 5’50 ” – 6 ‘/ km.
Lt instead at 162 beats. I am running as indicated only under AeT but the sensations are not really good because it even seems to me that I have to go slower after a few km compared to the pace I had obtained from the test. I also find it a bit too tiring even to do 10km at 6 ‘/ km by calculating the slowness with which I am running. When I find a small bump or a short, slight rise my heart rate tends to go up by 5/6 beats and I have to walk to make it go down.
I wanted to ask you:
1-Could it be that fatigue is due to never having run so slowly and that the body finds it difficult to use fat for energy?
2- If I want to ride a racing bike, can I go beyond AeT or do I still have to stay below? I would not be able to go uphill without going over AeT.
3- I would be planning the same 65km race in March next year. If Aet does not return within 10% of Lt on time, can I still start the basic construction period by inserting climbing and quality work where I would pass AeT while still keeping 90% of the training as a slow run? Can I train for the race and at the same time keep improving AeT with 90% of the volume below AeT or would it be better not to race?
4-How come after the day of strength in the legs I have doms, especially in the hamstrings, for 5/6 days? it seems like too many days for recovery.
Excuse my English and if I have been too verbose but I have many doubts in my head.
Thanks a lot to who will give me an answer.
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